Well we got through the three year nominating process and here we are at August 1, 2008, and it is finally time to focus on the November 2008 elections. Longtime readers of this site know I have no deep love for John McCain or his compatriots in the GOP, but deep love and politics typically have little to do with each other. This is pragmatism time.
Pragmatically speaking, Barack Obama is the candidate from hell. This guy is a disaster waiting to happen, the second coming of Jimmy Carter, and all sensible people need to do whatever they can to keep him out of the White House. Anyone with a scintilla of historical awareness should immediately understand that the bill of goods Obama is selling was put to the test, evaluated, laughed at and totally disdained in 1980. America changed when Ronald Reagan was elected, not solely because Reagan himself was such a great human being, but moreso because Jimmy Carter had exemplified the utter stupidity of “making friends with the world” as a basis for policy. Carter came into office saying sweet things and promising to make friends with the world, and by the time he was booted out of office the world had eaten his lunch. The Soviets invaded Afghanistan, the Iranians took our people hostage, and all in all reality delivered America a knuckle sandwich. Carter gutted our military, and the crash-and-burn fiasco during the hostage rescue attempt in the Iranian desert in 1980 cemented Carter’s legacy as the worst American president in modern history. Obama, with his suggestions that our main priority should be to repair America’s image, is leading us down the same path.
So, to put a final point on this discussion of why Obama needs to be elevated in the pantheon of America’s potential problems, I give you John Hawkins’ list of Obama’s flaws. Here are just two of them:
His Inexperience: Obama has never served in the military, the House, or as a governor, was first elected to the Senate in 2004, and his battle with Hillary was the only tough campaign he has ever been in. In other words, if he’s elected, he would be one of the least worthy candidates ever to make it to the White House. If we had another 9/11 on his watch or even if one of those infamous 3 AM emergency calls that Hillary campaigned on were to come in, would you rather have Obama or McCain handling it? For that matter, would you rather have Obama or a random person picked out of the phone book handling it? Neither Obama nor the random person from the phone book would have much relevant experience, but at least the random person would probably be humble enough to realize it and ask for help, unlike Obama.
The Poor Judgment: This is a guy who stayed in a racist church and stuck by a bigoted reverend for 20 years, grotesquely leaked his Western Wall prayer to the press, and blew off a visit to see wounded troops while the whole world was watching him overseas. In other words, even when it comes to matters of mere politics, this is not a man who can be trusted to make wise decisions. So, how can we trust him to make good policy decisions for the country?
Read all of Hawkins’ essay.